7 Spots for Family Fun Around the USA
By Mara Gorman
For anyone traveling with children, the United States offers a range of fun and educational experiences. Here are eight top attractions to keep the youngest travelers engaged and entertained.
Build some time for LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Tour the USA from coast to coast virtually at LEGOLAND Miniland in Winter Haven, Florida. Kids ages one to 10 can dig for dinosaur bones and ride a dragon roller coaster. Pack your bathing suits and float down the Build-A-Raft River in the large water park.
Insider tip: Save some room for a sweet snack of Granny's Apple Fries served warm with vanilla whipped cream.
Experience natural history lessons from the Field Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, is famous for its Tyrannosaurus rex fossil named Sue, but also features mummies, totem poles and meteors. It's perfect for kids of all ages, but those under six will especially like the interactive fun in the PlayLab.
Insider tip: Skip the special exhibitions, which charge an additional fee, and focus on the permanent collection.
Meet the animal kingdom at the San Diego Zoo
Insider tip: If you only have part of a day to spend here, take a bus tour to cover more ground.
Revel in fun and games at National Museum of Play
The best word to describe The Strong: National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, is "magic." Almost everything is designed for touching and exploring. Children ages three to 10 can shop at a supermarket that's just their size and play in pretend snow.
Insider tip: The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame is a great place to show your kids favorite toys from the past.
Take off at Space Camp
Kids ages seven and up will love a visit to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where they can explore space vehicles from capsules to rockets. Sign up for a family camp and train for a mission to the International Space Station or to be a fighter pilot.
Insider tip: Even kids who aren't especially interested in space will enjoy the simulator space rides, which are included with admission.
Take your time on Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
The boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, stretches along the coastline of this small seaside town. Go for a walk and people watch while sampling treats like Italian ice and salt water taffy. Rehoboth's main season is from June through September, and most shops and attractions are closed from January through March.
Insider tip: Funland offers classic amusement park rides for toddlers for just 25 cents each.
Step back into the Old West at Cheyenne Frontier Days
A summertime trip to the Western U.S. wouldn't be complete without attending the world's largest rodeo at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Plan a mid-July visit to witness skills like steer roping and bronco riding, enjoy carnival rides and visit Indian Village and Frontier Town.
Insider tip: Plan to attend a Grand Parade to see floats, marching bands, antique cars, tractors and horses.
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